Confession and Repentance

Dave Jones

"Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy."  Proverbs 28:13

The Gulf War was a very good lesson in readiness.  As we viewed the nightly reports, we learned of the daily battle with the desert sand and how tank mechanics, flight crews, soldiers, and other military personnel took extra precautions to clean and repair their respective tools of war.  Their disciplined efforts to deal with the sand each day were a very good illustration of how to prepare and be ready for the looming battles ahead.

Fighting our own spiritual battle each day involves a similar, conscientious preparation that includes confessing our sins and determination not to commit them again.  Like the abrasive desert sand, sin clogs our fellowship with God, disrupting our clear sense of His direction and creating static in our relationship with Him.

Sin is not just a mistake, a shortcoming or a fault; sin is behavior and thought that violates God’s commands and principles for righteous living.  Sin is rebellion against God and we cannot fully restore our fellowship with God without personal cleansing from sin.  Just like interference caused by the desert sand, sin disrupts the all-important line of communication with the Lord of our life and interrupts our fellowship with God.

The Bible calls this confession and repentance.  It means we agree with God and have a hatred for the sin in our life.  We purposefully decide to stop the behavior and thinking that violates God’s commands and determine to practice what is right in His eyes.  The Bible encourages us to prepare for the “good fight of faith” by identifying obvious sin, turning away from its practice, and in faith, look to God for His righteous help to replace sin with holiness.

This confession and repentance will happen when we are serious about sin.  See it as God does.  Hate it as He does and seek His forgiveness.  When we make confession and repentance an intentional practice of our thinking, we will be ready for the struggle against sin with a clean and pure heart.

 

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